EelKat Wendy C Allen - zdark Fantasy Author

2018 April/May/June Update:

As you know, most of the year I publish 2 to 3 articles a day.

However, every year during convention season, I take a break from that to go full swing CosPlay.

From early April 2018 to late June 2018, article posting schedule will be sporadic, while CosPlay Season and Convention events are going full swing.

During this time period, you can expect most, possible all new articles to be focused on costume making, CosPlay, and the characters I'm CosPlaying.

UPDATE: It's now divided into 7 pages. The primary page "Meet Avallach" is now over 20,000 words long. At this rate, it'll cross 60,000 long before the costume is finished, and that's not including the other 5 pages. The primary page has now crossed 60,000 89,000 words and counting, the whole set of Avallac'h pages are now more than 200,000 words long, and more then 500 pictures of Avallac'h and his friends have now been uploaded on these pages, plus there are now 400+ hour-long videos f the costume making process as we record live, every second of this insanely elaborate, over the top CosPlay project.

As of May 19, just 29 days to PortCon we are embroidering his blue coat in a countdown against the clock to finish in time for the event, while we pray that The Dazzling Razzberry will be re-weilded back together and drivable in time for PortCon, after it's recent vandalism by Old Orchard Beach's ever growing Ku Klux Klan problem.

There will still be daily updates, but the BULK of the daily updates will be limited to the pages linked here:

  1. The Avallac'h CosPlay: Who is Avallac'h?
  2. Obsession: Meet Avallac'h
  3. [NSFW] Avallac'h & His Nude Women | Witcher 3 Game Screenshots
  4. Historical Accuracy vs Avallac'h (to go live later this summer)
  5. The Avallac'h CosPlay Costume Making Vlogs (will go live AFTER finishing the costume)
  6. How To Make The Avallac'h CosPlay (will go live AFTER PortCon)
  7. How Much Did It Cost? ($800+ will run to around $3,000) Budgeting The Avallac'h CosPlay (eing written as the costume is being made, will go live after completion of the costume)
  8. Why do children CosPlay rapists & rape victims? & WHY Avallac'h is a M18+ character. 
  9. PortConMaine 2018
  10. On Being a Handicapped CosPlayer: A Look At Events of PortConMaine 2017 That Resulted In 3 Disabled CosPlayers Getting hurt at The Convention and How These Things Could Have Been Avoided

After PortCon Update:

PortCon 2018 is over... but the making of the Avallac'h CosPlay is not. It is not possible to make a costume as detailed as I'm making in fewer then 400 hours, and only 129 hours went into the simplified first run version you saw at PortCon'18. The complete version will not be seen until PortCon'19

If you want to see this costume in person and watch it's progression onward as I continue to expand it... I'll be wearing it at the monthly Maine Association of CosPlay Enthusiasts (M.A.C.E.) events, throughout 2018 and 2019, you are welcome to join us. The list of current events can be found here: This list is updated monthly, so be sure to check back often to find all the dates, locations, and details of events.

Now that we've reached 10,000 pages on this site, it has become necessary to create a new method of indexing the pages, seeing how it's not possible to link 10,000 pages from the navabar... heck, I had trouble just linking the top 100 pages in the navabar! LOL!

Since moving to this new url in 2013, I've been linking the top 100 most visited pages in the navabar and then linking to everything else from them. As of October 15, 2017, that system is being replaced with this one, which, hopefully will make it easier for you to navigate around this massive site.

So, now I'm creating topic pages, which will contain this links to the pages, and I'll just link to the topic pages in the navabar instead. Hopefully this system of indexing the pages will make it easier for you to find the pages you are looking for.


This page's topic is...

How To Build A Magic System

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As you know (or maybe are just finding out?) I am an author and my primary genre is Fantasy. That means I've got a lot of articles and videos on the topic of writing Fantasy novels.

Well, one of the primary components of the Fantasy genre is the use of Magic. While not all Fantasy has magic and most of the novels, novellas, and short stories I write, do contain magic on some levels.

Most of what I write is a "Low Fantasy" style magic, where magic is similar to our real-world magic. As in, most people don't believe it exists, and the few that do are seen as crazy, by the general population.

The primary difference between the fiction I write and the reality of real world magic, is that in the Quaraun series, magic actually does exist and the people who use it really are crazy, because the use of magic slowly drives them insane as magic was not meant to be harnessed and used. 

And thus, you have characters who get bullied by non-magic wielding folks, and magic users with unsavoury labels slapped on them by said bullies, resulting in characters with names like:

Quaraun the Insane and GhoulSpawn the Crazed.

Quaraun Swanzen is his real name, and he hates being called "The Insane".

GhoulSpawn's name is less fortunate. His real name is Gremoshe Liore, he prefers to go by Glintar, but he is a half-Elf who is half-Demon, and so in his case, the derogatory hate term "GhoulSpawn" (meaning half-Demon) is slapped on him, along with the label "The Crazed."

Quaraun is a Necromancer who uses DiJinn magic, while GhoulSpawn is a Sorcerer who uses Chaos Magic. Their companion BoomFuzzy the Unicorn is an Illusionist who used Candy Magic. In the end, most of the magic systems I build revolve around these 3 wizards and the types of magic they do.

In any case, I've written several articles on how I built the Magic System of the Quaraun series, if you are interested in learning more about the series or seeking info on how to build a magic system for your own novels, then, the links below are the ones you are looking for:

Articles About Creating A Magic System For Fantasy Novels & RPGs

Novel Excerpts, Featuring Scenes With My Magic System (From The Quaraun series) In Use...

So that you can see the Magic System mentioned in the previous articles in action, here are excerpts and sample chapters from the novels.

NOTE: While Quaraun is the main character, the series told from his PoV, and technically he is the "hero" of the series, he is in fact a "super villain" archetype, and is seen by the majority of society as the evilest of all evils to ever walk the face of the Earth.

If you were unaware of what the series is about - it's the story of his life, how he went from a kind hearted loving Elf, to become a mass murdering serial killer. 

Do not be fooled by the pink cartoon cover art. The Quaraun Series is Rated M18+ for graphic scenes of grisly violence, gorn, murder, and torture porn.

Reader discretion is advised...

Quaraun | Necromancy, Elemental Manipulation, Magic Items, & DiJinn Magic:

BoomFuzzy The Unicorn | Illusions, Cursed Items, Blood Magic, & Candy Magic:

GhoulSpawn | Time Travel, Portals, Demonology, & Chaos Magic::

FarDarrig | Psychic, Mind Reader:

The Banshee Sisters | Witchcraft, DreamTime, & Visions: 

HellBorne The Evil: Blood Magic

Using Real World Magic In Fiction

We are going to be moving all my articles from "The Sea Witch of Old Orchard Beach" and the "Grey Witchcraft" websites over here to soon and when I do, I'll list them here on this section as well.

These articles, deal with real world magic, focusing on Hoodoo, Rootwork, and Gypsy Faerie Faith. They touch on the subjects of Candle Magic, Honey Jars, Doll Babies, Mojo Bags, Gris-Gris, Divination, Card Reading, HotFooting, etc.

While not focused on Fantasy World Building and creating fictional stories for novels, they do detail real world magic arts and can be used as a reference source for writing Fantasy magic systems.

Those articles will be added to this list here:

Videos About Creating A Magic System For Fantasy Novels & RPGs

It occurs to me that I have videos on how to write magic for wizards as well.

I do daily vlogs, most of them deal with topics related to writing my novels. So, I guess I should link to those here too.

Here they are:

More Videos, Somewhat Related To Magic Building, But Not Quite, Though May Be Helpful

And here are more videos that deal with writing Fantasy novels. Not specifically magic related, but on that same slant, so I'll put them in this list as well, as you may find the info helpful when it comes to designing a magic based world of wizards and Elves.

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Here are some additional articles I thought you might find helpful:

NOTE: The links in this blue box, go to other authors' websites. Clicking the below links will take you away from and direct you to outside websites.

  1. World Building: Magic Systems
  2. Thoughts on Creating Magic Systems
  3. Are Magic Systems a Distraction?
  4. Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story
  5. How to Create a Rational Magic System
  6. Writing Emotion: Does Your Hero Shrug, Smile & Frown Too Much?
  7. The Top 5 Greatest Magic Systems Ever
  8. Help me make a magic system that doesn't suck
  9. Do You Believe in Magic? Building a Magic System
  10. Creating Believable Magic
  11. Write A Functional Magic System
  12. Publishing Industry Cults, Weaponized Amazon Reviews, and Organized Cyberbullying
  13. 12 Questions to Ask Yourself About the System of Magic
  14. How Your Brain Tricks You Into Thinking Magic Is Real
  15. Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions: Magic and Magicians
  16. Writing a Fantasy Novel: Magic Systems
  17. Magic In Fantasy: Alternative Magic Systems
  18. You Need More Scoundrels in Your Life: How to Write a Han Solo Hero in Six Easy Steps!
  19. Magic Systems and their Rules
  20. Magic systems and my world building process
  21. How to Create a Unique Magic System for Your Book: 6 steps
  22. 5 Unmistakable Signs That Your Book Could Make A Great Series
  23. How you create a magic system?
  24. Sex Sells, But…
  25. Building Magic Systems Subreddit
  26. Writing Fantasy Fiction: How to Make the Magic Work
  27. Magic in fiction - Wikipedia
  28. On The Definitive Rules For Writing Magic
  29. How To Worldbuild Magic: Short Rules for Real Worlds
  30. Magicology: The Study of Magic Systems